Mike Tyson to Star on Broadway

Mike Tyson to Star on Broadway

Spike Lee will direct the former heavyweight champ in a one-man show this summer.

Published June 19, 2012

Mike Tyson has conquered the boxing ring, film and television. All that’s left is the Broadway stage — and now he’s doing that, too.

The youngest undisputed heavyweight champion in boxing history will star in an autobiographical one-man show called Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, for a limited six-night engagement at New York City’s Longacre Theater. Former Brooklynite and Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee will helm Tyson’s Broadway debut, which will run from July 31 through August 5.

“It is an honor to work with Spike Lee,” Tyson said in a statement. “I have always admired his work. Sharing the highlights and lowlights of my life with New York is especially important to me as I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I am thrilled to bring the story of the Undisputed Truth to Broadway.”

The upcoming collaboration is definitely a mutual admiration society for the two native New Yorkers. About his first Great White Way production with Tyson, Lee also said in a statement, “It’s my honor to be making our Broadway debut together. Brooklyn to Broadway.”

Tyson first tested Undisputed Truth’s stage legs in a week-long Las Vegas engagement that ran this past April at the MGM Grand. The show, co-written by Tyson's wife, Kiki, uses video, live music and photo flashbacks to help tell the former champ's life story.

Since leaving boxing, Tyson has made a name for himself as an actor and Internet comedian. He played a big-screen version of himself in Hangover and Hangover 2 and will also be featured in next year's Hangover Part III. On the web Tyson comically revisted the music video for Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step" and hilariously spoofed former GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain in several Funny or Die video clips.

The former heavyweight champion was also the subject of his own feature film documentary, Tyson, and he did a stint on reality TV with the series Taking on Tyson, which focused on competitive pigeon racing.

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Written by Ronke Idowu Reeves


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